How Many Solar Panels Do I Need To Power A Refrigerator?

Let’s face it, the environment has become one of the most important focal points to think about when we are out living in daily society. Most of us now understand that this planet and the air we breathe become a more crucial factor every day. We have been called to action to start the fight into saving our world and we must. 

Making a Transition into a More Sustainable World

Today, a lot of power plants and electric companies are still furnishing electricity by burning coal or fossil fuel. However, those two non-renewable resources are some of the main reasons our environment is in danger today. So, it is with that in mind that we must grasp the idea of negotiating ways we, ourselves, can produce natural energy. 

In doing so, if you have not already started to learn ways to help the planet, it is certainly time to begin. However, how do we even start the process? Well, I can think of a few ways and solar panels are one way. 

Trading Polluted Energy for Clean Energy: The Importance of Solar

To begin this discussion on solar panels, it would be unfair not to note that they can be quite expensive to purchase. Even so, a lot of people have purchased them to place on top of their homes. They feel the amount of money they save on their electric bills besides putting their fair share into saving the environment is worth a one-time cost to buy and install the panels. 

In that way, that answers the question of how it could help you and the planet. But let us not be blind and think that all can afford such a project no matter the savings it will add to your wallet. In other words, there may be limitations working up to your goal of a total energy source for everything in or around your home. 

Building a Solar Powered Environment One Panel at a Time

Therefore, you can start with one simple object in your home to run off solar. For example, a refrigerator is an interesting appliance to start with, because the number of solar panels needed to run it all depends on the size, capacity, and age of the refrigerator. This one appliance can teach you a lot when transitioning to all solar as you go. 

To give an example, let’s say you have an average size refrigerator – a top mount freezer with the food compartment on the bottom. The largest of these refrigerators will probably not be bigger than 36 inches in width, 69 inches in height, and no more than 33 inches in depth. So, with this standard type of refrigerator, you will more than likely need about four average size solar panels. The total amount of energy with the freezer and the food compartment using a total of about 115 kWh. 

On the positive side, where your refrigerator is placed in your home will also determine how many panels you should install. If your refrigerator is by a window that brings in a lot of sunlight and the solar panels are placed facing the sun, then it is a possibility one or two average sized panels will be enough in your attempt to generate the amount of energy the refrigerator will need. 

A Work in Progress Benefits Us All

As you can tell, determining the right number of panels to install with anything will be determined by several factors and it may seem overwhelming at first. However, it will be a benefit when you get the hang of it. And more than that, you will be doing your part in joining a continuing trend to save our planet.